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Judge struck by wrong-way driver outside courthouse says she suffered debilitating injuries

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A Nevada judge who was struck near the downtown Las Vegas courthouse by a wrong-way driver last month was released from the hospital the same day.

But District Judge Linda Bell still hasn’t returned to the bench and says she won’t be able to do so until her concussion symptoms subside and she receives neurological clearance, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Bell herself doesn’t remember the crash, but the judge and a court spokeswoman said Bell was in a crosswalk when she was struck by a vehicle with out-of-state plates going the wrong way at a speed of at least 25 mph on Clark Avenue.

“Apparently, after I was struck, I landed on the hood of the car,” said Bell in a written statement provided to the newspaper. “When the car stopped, I hit the top of my head on the ground, then slid on the right side of my face and body.”

In addition to the concussion, she sustained a cervical disc injury, a broken leg and soft-tissue injuries.

It isn’t clear whether the driver who struck her has been ticketed or charged in the accident.

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